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Old 03-18-2009, 07:03 AM   #1
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lower back pain

I've been doing crossfit for 8 months now and all of a sudden i have the most aching back pain. When crossfiting it hurts on deadlifts and and on all cleans from the ground. Its extremely painful when rising from the ground-i.e. getting out of thef bed. Also walking and sitting. So pretty much all the time.

I started a CF with strenght bias about 4 weeks, so i've been doing a lot of heavy deadlifting, presses and squats. My form is usually good and I haven't felt any pain on any lifts even when hitting PR's until recently. I'm in Germany right now visiting my sister and i'm sleeping on an air matress, as far as i can see this is the only real change in my lifestyle and the pain began about two days after sleeping on it.

My question is, can this lower back pain really be caused by an air matress and if so what can i do to fix this? Also any tips on helping lower back pain-strecthing, excercises or needed rest?
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:09 AM   #2
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Re: lower back pain

also its extremely painful when rounding my back more so than keeping it in extension.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:24 AM   #3
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Re: lower back pain

One vote for super tight hamstrings, but i'm by no means an expert.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:47 AM   #4
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Re: lower back pain

Massage all muscles that attach to or cross the pelvis, then stretch them.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:11 AM   #5
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Re: lower back pain

If you cannot find a good chiropractor or PT/physiatrist then I second the above post for stretching. Also, try to do some basic extension work. If it does not aggravate your complaints continue doing them. Lie on your stomach and assume a pre-pushup position. Push your upper body up while keeping your waist and pelvis on the ground. Do 10-15 reps, get up and see if forward flexion is imporved. If this aggravates your complaints stop. Hope you feel better
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:05 AM   #6
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Re: lower back pain

thanks everybody i'll give it a try
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:02 AM   #7
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Re: lower back pain

My vote is for one to two weeks rest. It can be active rest where you are doing things you enjoy, but no lifting. Then get back at it. This can be psychologically tough for someone who enjoys CF, but sometimes it takes more discipline to do the right thing. My .02.
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:48 PM   #8
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Re: lower back pain

Generally, back pain is due to wrong technique especially with lifting. But otherwise, rest and see how it does as stated before... tight muscles maybe get a massage...

Do you sleep on your back? Do NOT sleep on your side or stomach... recipe for shoulder/back pain...
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:32 AM   #9
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Re: lower back pain

steven i'm a side/stomach sleeper how can i get myself to sleep on ym back? I mean i can fall asleep on my back and wind up on my side or face down anyways
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:59 AM   #10
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Re: lower back pain

Tape a Ping-Pong ball to your stomach. My PT told me that a few years ago. I did not try it, but it sounded like it would work.
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